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Letter of Farewell from David Harper

Posted By David Harper, Executive Director of Pee Dee Land Trust, Monday, October 30, 2017

I have enjoyed five wonderful years serving as executive director of Pee Dee Land Trust (PDLT) and now the time has come for me to take the next step on my career path in conservation. 

I know that I am leaving an organization that is stronger than ever, with an exceptionally talented staff and a dedicated board. Together, we have accomplished much more than I could have ever imagined when I started in 2012, including:

  • A 77% expansion of our conservation easement program to over 27,000 acres;
  • Achieving substantial growth in our budget and investments;
  • Attracting a conservation community of 500 members who all love the land;
  • Merging with the Black Creek Land Trust; and
  • Achieving our second national accreditation. 

The good news is that the PDLT board has such confidence in our team that they have promoted Lyles Cooper Lyles to serve as the next Executive Director of Pee Dee Land Trust.

In the 2.5 years that Lyles has served as PDLT's Director of Education and Outreach, she has brought her wealth of nonprofit and for-profit business experience and broad network of friends and colleagues in the Pee Dee region to help take our success to the next level.

You can reach her at lclyles@peedeelandtrust.org. To compliment Lyles' expertise, Seth Cook, Director of Land Conservation, will take on an expanded role representing the Trust's growing conservation program.

Long Live the Pee Dee!

David Harper

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